Sullivan the guest at Chichester Supporters’ Club

John Sullivan
John Sullivan

John Sullivan will be the guest at the Chichester Supporters’ Club’s next meeting.

The group’s next event takes place on Thursday, July 25 at the Fishbourne Club, Blackboy Lane.

And Pompey’s new goalkeeping recruit will be on hand to meet fans and answer questions.

Sullivan himself made the approach to attend the meeting, shortly after joining from Charlton.

He has since moved into the Chichester area ahead of the start of pre-season training next week.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

Next month will also see the London Pompey Supporters’ Club’s annual general meeting.

The event is scheduled for 7.30pm on Saturday, July 13 – the day of Pompey’s pre-season friendly at Bognor.

Taking place at the Freemasons Arms, 81-82 Long Acre, Covent Garden, there will be a number of Pompey guests.

The Blues will supply two players, following the completion of the Bognor fixture at Nyewood Lane.

But they have yet to decide which two players will attend the event.

Chief executive Mark Catlin will also be present.

He will be joined by members of the Trust board for what is normally a well-attended function.

In recent years players such as Joel Ward, Matt Ritchie, Ashley Harris and Sam Magri have made the trip representing Pompey.

Meanwhile, the Blues’ visit to Accrington Stanley has been chosen to be televised live on Sky.

As a result, the kick-off time for the League Two fixture on Saturday, August 10 has been brought forward.

It will now begin at the earlier time of 12.15pm, leaving the Fratton faithful with an early start to negotiate the five-hour trip.

Accrington are managed by former Southampton striker James Beattie, who was appointed this summer.

Their campaign starts the week earlier at newly-promoted Newport County before travelling to Middlesbrough in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

Pompey have not met Accrington since winning 4-1 in an FA Cup replay in January 1959.

The sides have never before met in the league.

It’s a fact which has persuaded Sky to televise the occasion.

And the Crown Ground trip represents the first league game away from home for the Blues in the 2013-14 season.

Guy Whittingham’s men host Oxford on the opening day of the campaign (August 3).

They then travel to Bournemouth in midweek in the Capital One Cup.